Soccer Referee Assignor
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VSLI Rules and Procedures
The following are rules and procedures for VSLI, please keep them handily.
USSF Laws of the Game shall be used except as amended below:
A Game Day roster shall be presented to the referee prior to the start of the match listing the players eligible to participate in the scheduled match (18 for all U14 and above), a game card will be giving to the referees to fill it out properly, record goals and cards and any coaches misconduct (if any), ask your fellow referees to sign it, when finish give it back to the manager of the home team.
Players not on the game day roster may not be in uniform or on the team bench or player area.
1. There shall be a five (5) minute interval between halves.
2. Regular season VSL matches ending in a draw at the end of regulation time will remain a tie.
3. When age groups are combined for VSL play, the length of the halves will be those specified for the older age group. Ball size shall be as specified for the younger age group.
1. Shoes must meet FIFA specifications.
2. Shin guards for all players and goalkeepers are MANDATORY. Socks must cover entire shin guard.
3. When the color of jerseys is similar or identical, and the referee requests a change, the Home Team must change colors.
4. With the exception of the goalkeeper, all players must have uniforms with individual numbers on the shirt. The goalkeeper’s shirt must be easily distinguishable from all the other players and the referee.
Players must wear jerseys whose numbers correspond with numbers listed on the team’s official roster.
5. No jewelry of any kind may be worn (excluding corrective glasses).
Players who are wearing protective casts may be allowed to play only with the approval of the referee.
Substitutions may be made with permission of the referee, at the following times (U10 & U11 see below).
1. Prior to a throw-in by the team in possession.
2. Prior to a goal kick by either team.
3. After a goal has been scored by either team.
4. At the beginning of the second half of play.
5. After an injury, by either team, when the referee stops play.
6. After the issuance of a caution, for the offending player. Opposing team may also substitute an equal number of players.
U-10 and U-11 Game Requirements
1. All U10 and U11 teams in VSL must play the “seven a side” format.
2. No heading rule.
Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped. The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If the play by the head is deemed in advertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
3. Players on the field shall consist of Seven (7) of which one shall be a goalkeeper.
4. Eight (8) Yards from the ball is to be given by the opposing team at free kicks.
5. Substitutions are allowed at any time on the fly.
7. Any team not able to field a minimum of Five (5) players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match.
U12 Game and Field Requirements
1. All registered U12 teams in VSL must play the “eight a side” format.
2. Players on the field shall consist of Nine (9) of which one shall be a goalkeeper.
3. Nine (9) Yards from the ball is to be given by the opposing team at free kicks.
4. Any team not able to field a minimum of Seven (7) players at the scheduled game time will forfeit the match.
U13 - U19 Game Requirements
1. U13 – U19 Teams may roster up to Twenty-two (22) players on the official state issued league and tournament roster.
2. The maximum number of rostered players allowed to participate in a game is eighteen (18).
3. Players not on the game day roster may not be in uniform on the team bench or player area.
1. THE REFEREE’S AUTHORITY BEGINS WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT THE MATCH SITE AND CONTINUES UNTIL THEY DEPART THE MATCH SITE.
2. If two (2) officials are present at the scheduled start time, the officials present shall officiate the match in accordance with FIFA/USSF regulations governing systems of control (Center Referee, Assistant Referee and Club Linesman).
3. If only one (1) official is present at the scheduled start time (except in the case of a U10 or U11 match), the opposing coaches may mutually agree to appoint Club Linesmen and play the match OR either coach may choose not to play the match with one (1) official, i.e. to reschedule the match.
4. If the coaches choose to use the one referee, play will be recorded as an official match.